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Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 3
Reviews by taez555:
3.9/5 rDev +15.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I found this bar while making a pit stop during a double decker bus tour of London. Its located about a block away from Madam Tussauds Wax Museum, right next to the baker St tube stop.
The interior is interesting. A huge room, easily a hundred feet or more, with very high ceilings. A bar is against one side of the room and stretches about 3 quarters of the room. Small sit down tables for groups of 4 or so, a handful of stand up tables, no seating at the bar. A very simple design, modern, some stylish leather chairs and not a whole lot else. Its not exactly a bar, sort of a metropolitan style cafeteria/restaurant/pub. The name really fits it. The most interesting aspect of the entire place were the bathrooms. They actually refer to them as their Groovy loos. My description doesnt do it justice, but its a start. Basically, go there, you'll understand.
The beer selection was surprisingly good. Beyond the standard Guinness Extra Cold, Carling, Fosters and Ciders on tap, there was an interesting array of cask ales. If you check out their web site they brag about being associated with CAMRA and Cask Marque. The beers are well beyond your classic Youngs or Fullers. They feature a rotating selection of guest ales as well as the Youngs standards. On my visit they had beers from Marstons, Tom Wood Old Timber from the Highwood brewery and Hopback Summer lightening. I know there was a bunch of others but my memory and notes escape me. For such a local place to go on your lunch hour sort of place I was seriously impressed. Not what I was expecting by any means.
I cant really comment too much on the food menu, I just ordered some chips, they were tasty. Beyond that though, they had a more worldly food menu than your standard London Pub. Real food that can fit just about any appetite, sandwiches, larger items as well as some local London favorites.
This place may not fit into your normal idea of BA style bar, especially if youre looking for the tradition London pub experience, but damn, this was one of the most impressive cask selections I saw in London. Ill definitely try and make my way back here the next time Im in London.
10-16-2004 08:30:45 | More by taez555
More User Reviews:
United Kingdom (England)
2.94/5 rDev -13%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Typical 'Spoons' in the ground floor of the former Metropolitan Railway buildings by Baker Street tube
One large room with the bar centred on the right hand side as you enter
Typical wetherspoons feel in terms of punters - ie lots of old fellas on their own, office groupings, travellers - no real local feel or atmosphere
Beer choice usually involves one or two guests of interest, but there are far better spoons (and of course pubs in general) for this purpose
Some 4 years on since last review and the ales are still served too cold, a common trait with Wetherspoons I find
Typical 'spoons' hit and miss service also !!!
Don't go out of the way for the Met Bar, but if you need to meet someone in the area or are stuck for 30 minutes it's about bearable !
or should I close with the buzzword of this review - "Typical" !
12-08-2011 16:06:36 | More by Ruds
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.3/5 rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Yet another JD Wetherspoons mega pub. Although these places are not the best it has to be said that they are generally better than many standard pubs.
This place is pretty typical of the chain resembling an indoor arena. The saving grace is that they have some decent beer although you are always hoping the one you ask for is on. They also tend to serve their cask ales on the cold side.
Service in JDW can be very variable, in here is was OK. For a weekday afternoon there were a reasonable number of people around. The place is cheap compared to most in London, so some of the clientele leave a bit to be desired.
Worth a visit for the cask ales if you are in the area, would not go out of my way to visit otherwise.
02-12-2007 15:42:47 | More by Stephen63
Metropolitan Bar in London, United Kingdom (England)
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.